So, do you really know what universal design, universal remodeling, and the concept of aging in place is?

We just came across this 4-part video series, made for PBS and funded and guided by the Albany Guardian Society, that explores the concepts of Universal Design, Aging in Place, and enabling environments. Each episode was produced for 30-minute TV programming, and takes you through the solutions and technique for designing an aesthetically pleasing, barrier-free home. It is very well done, and showcases many innovative design ideas and features that can be included in a stylish, as well as safe and accessible home.

If you or a loved one are currently facing a possible move from home because it is no longer safe and accessible, consider talking to us about how working with our team of Universal Design experts—including CAPS certified occupational therapists, architects, kitchen and bath designers, and of course our own experienced remodeling construction professionals—can help you create a lovely living environment that work FOR you and not against you.

Watch the Design for a Lifetime series, and get inspired. We want you to live happier in your home. How can we help you? Call us at 425.890.9000 to learn more!

WCNY Series | Design for a Lifetime

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Episode 1 | Duration: (26:46) | Premiere Date: 02/02/2012

On this episode of Design for a Lifetime, a caring daughter moves mom home in style, giving mom her own place and accessible space. And we visit the IDEA Center in SUNY Buffalo to explore the forward thinking that’s pushing Universal Design to new heights. Plus a showcasing of some excellent and innovative features in the kitchen.

Episode 2 | Duration: (26:47) | Premiere Date: 02/09/2012

On this episode of Design for a Lifetime, a loving couple has built their dream house and can rest assured they will never have to leave home thanks to Universal Design. We’ll get a special behind the scenes tour of this magnificent home and some valuable insight from the architect responsible. Plus an in-depth look at accessibility in one of the most important areas of the home, the bathroom.

Episode 3 | Duration: (26:46) | Premiere Date: 02/16/2012

On this episode of Design for a Lifetime, a look at how the importance of accessibility has progressed throughout 3 phases of communal living neighborhoods at EcoVillage in Ithaca. And Dave Sadowsky takes us through a number of thought provoking design ideas found both inside and outside the home. Plus a look at a not so typical remodel. Making Universal Design fit a not so typical space.

Episode 4

Duration: (26:48) | Premiere Date: 02/23/2012

On this episode of Design for a Lifetime, we get a behind the scenes tour of how an aging in place specialist designs and builds her own home. How 20 years of inaccessibility has shaped Doug Hamlin’s decisions in the design phase of his next home. And Dave Sadowsky takes us once again to the hardware store to give you some tips on how you can begin adding affordable accessibility solutions.

Learn more about universal design and aging in place in our Aging in Place blog series!